A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this wine is made by winemaker/consultant Heidi Barrett. Before his death, Gustav Dalla Valle also provided considerable input to this vintage. Availability is next to impossible, as there were only 135 cases of the 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon made.
97 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
"The 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable wine, not dissimilar from the 1992. The 1993 reveals an opaque purple color, as well as a rich, jammy, pure nose of blackcurrant/cassis fruit intertwined with scents of minerals and high quality, spicy oak. The wine offers a cascade of lavishly rich, opulently textured, super-extracted fruit that is beautifully buttressed by oak and sweet tannin. Remarkably long, pure, and rich, this is a compelling Cabernet Sauvignon with no hard edges. Perfectly balanced, marvelously concentrated, and exciting, look for this wine to drink well young, but keep for 25 years." (Dec. 1996)
91 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Dark, ripe, intense and concentrated, with lots of currant, earth, leather and anise flavors. Comes across as a rustic, concentrated style with a chewy core of flavors. Finishes with a dry tannic edge and gritty tannins. Not as plush as the 1992, but still packs a wallop." (12/31/1996)
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International Wine CellarBright ruby-red. Nose shows a mineral pungency, along with higher tones of raspberry and menthol. Penetrating, sharply defined and pure; this really vibrates in the mouth. There's a lovely subtle sweetness to the fruit, and a strong clove and cinnamon spice character. Remarkably pure on the back end, with a rising, slow-mounting finish rare for California cabernet. Potentially fabulous.
Wine AdvocateRating: (95-98) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06